Olive Garden is whipping up changes in the kitchen, but the breadsticks aren't going anywhere.
The Darden Restaurants unit is doubling down on Italian comfort food as it revamps its offerings with several new items set to debut Monday. Olive Garden executive chef Jim Nuetzi said the company is focusing menu development on core items like the breadsticks the restaurant is known for. The moves follow a lengthy presentation last year from activist investor Starboard Value urging it to "recreate Italian authenticity within Olive Garden."
(It famously suggested the chain start salting its pasta water, which went down as one of Wall Street's more unique recommendations in the recent past).